Live a Little: Say/Sing it Aloud

June 25, 2012 Katja Presnal

Have guts to sing it, preach it, say it aloud

I have one regret from our Disney Cruise to Canada. Not singing in the karaoke. No, really. I hate singing, and I am not good at it, at all. My daughter really wanted all of us to get on the stage and sing together, and I admit, everyone else chickened out, so I took the easy way out and chickened too and we didn’t do it. In a way it’s so insignificant, and even stupid. It’s karaoke. I ski black diamonds, travel the world, help people in need, yet I regret I didn’t sing one ABBA song on a cruise ship karaoke? But I do. Because deep inside I know that was my daughter’s biggest (and only) regret on the cruise, and I should have done it for her. Regardless how scared I was, and how bad I felt about myself. I should have done it to be an example to her – and to be there for her.

The above picture is also from our trip, I took it on Peggy’s Cove, gorgeous, gorgeous island close to Halifax in Nova Scotia. (Hope to share more photos soon) This old lady was sitting next to the lighthouse and singing songs. Many of the songs were political and they pleaded you to take action. We are bombarded with messaging from TV, radio, internet, street advertising and billboards all the time, yet the message from this old woman singing on the side of a lighthouse struck me clearer than most of the loud advertising I see. I didn’t even care about the actual lyrics, but it was the fact that there she was, sitting, playing and singing, and sharing her view of the world with no shame, no regret and intent to change the world. Maybe that’s why I didn’t feel like singing the Dancing Queen. I didn’t just want to sing a karaoke song, I wanted to sing a more powerful song, and use my voice for something more meaningful.

So today’s live a little inspiration is: “sing” it aloud. Whether you will actually sing, or will just use your voice to say or write it, but have guts to voice out what is important to you. Or in my case – I should use my voice to stick up and be there for people I love, however uncomfortable it may make me.

Stay tuned for me in karaoke, because I messed up and need to get this fixed.

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Disclosure: we were on the Disney cruise as guests of Disney, but we love Disney and my opinions can't be bought.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (2)

  1. Oh Katja, that makes me sad and happy at the same time. We learn from our regrets don’t we. I try to “sing” whenever I feel I need to – even if people laugh. Someone pretty spectacular once said something along the lines of, “if something doesn’t work like you want it to, you are not a failure, you are spectacular.” I wish I had the post that you wrote about that. I have no idea what the quote was but I think of it daily. No lie. I am fabulous, even if my ideas, attempts at work or anything I do doesn’t hit the mark. I hope you get the chance to “sing” with your daughter again.

  2. Naomi

    It’s funny but one of the things I am trying to get better about is being more impetuous and letting myself loosen up to do goofy things like singing karaoke instead of worrying how much I’ll suck or what everyone will think. I always regret not doing crazy things like that in the heat of the moment. Time to just let it all out!

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